Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project

For more information contact:

Dr. Stacey Lynn Camp
CELL: (626) 429-2912
EMAIL: scamp@uidaho.edu



Phone: 208-885-6111
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: 208-885-9119
Student Union Building
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264


Phone: 208-334-2999
Fax: 208-364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702


Coeur d'Alene

Phone: 208-667-2588
Toll-free: 888-208-2268
Fax: 208-664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814


Idaho Falls

Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402


2010 Research Team

Dr. Stacey Camp, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Dr. Camp is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Idaho in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research interests concern immigration in the 19th and early 20th century Western United States. She has previously worked on a number of sites in the Western United States, including the Point Alones Project, the Market Street Chinatown Project, the Tennessee Watershed Archaeological Project, the Kaweah Cooperative Project, and her own dissertation project, the Mount Lowe Archaeology Project. In the upcoming years, she hopes to acquire a reading knowledge of Japanese and, if the right funding becomes available, travel to Japan. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors with her husband, her daughter, and her dogs.
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Dr. Robert Heinse, Ph.D.
Research Affiliate
Dr. Heinse is an Assistant Professor of Soil and Environmental Physics at the University of Idaho. His primary research goals are to contribute to theory relating to soil and water processes including fluid flow in porous media, plant-soil interactions, contaminant transport and surface-vadose-zone interactions by integrating geophysical techniques, soil-physical frameworks and mathematical modeling. Recent collaborative work, such as the survey at Kooskia, branches into new areas and does not fit into rigid discipline boxes including work on ecological thresholds, urban microclimates, and advanced life support in space.
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Dr. Douglas Ross, Ph.D.
Lead Instructor/Postdoctoral Researcher
Doug earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology in 2009 from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and is currently teaching courses at SFU and the University of British Columbia. For his doctoral research he conducted a detailed comparison of the everyday material lives and consumer habits of Chinese and Japanese immigrants at an early 20th century salmon cannery in BC, employing a theoretical perspective rooted in the related concepts of transnationalism and diaspora. He has also done fieldwork in Ontario, Virginia, Ecuador, Jamaica and England. His research interests and expertise include ceramic analysis (especially Japanese), transnational labour migration, industrial archaeology, and material consumption.
Dr. Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D.
Research Affiliate
Dr. Wegars' interests include historical archaeology of Asian Americans in the West, specifically Chinese American and Japanese American sites, artifacts, and history; Chinese women, specifically Polly Bemis; 19th and 20th century American material culture. She is editor of Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese. Dr. Wegars also serves as a Research Associate and Volunteer Curator of the Asian American Comparative Collection.
Brian Schneider
Graduate Researcher, M.A. Candidate
Brian Schneider is a University of Idaho graduate student seeking a masters of arts in anthropology focusing in archaeology. Prior to coming to University of Idaho, Brian was a staff archaeologist at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia, where he worked for 4.5 years after completing is B.S. degree in anthropology/archaeology at James Madison University. Brian’s primary interests are in the archaeology of slavery particularly landscape studies focusing on yard surfaces, and specifically dealing with the utilization of space. In his spare time Brian enjoys hiking, camping, and playing music.
Mary Petrich-Guy
Volunteer, M.A. Candidate
Mary earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2005 and is an in-coming graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Idaho. For the past several years she has been working on various cultural resource management (CRM) projects in the Pacific Northwest, most recently cataloguing artifacts from a historic site in Sandpoint, Idaho. She is looking forward to exploring the milieu of historical archaeology and learning more about the people of the Pacific Northwest. A few of Mary’s interests include public archaeology, outreach and education, cultural heritage management, collections management and accessibility, GIS, the effect of steam and electric power on industry and social organization, and photography.
Josh Allen
Undergraduate Researcher
Josh is a 3rd year student at the University of Idaho who is currently working towards a B.A. in Anthropology while focusing in Archeology. This is his first summer working on field schools and he is excited for the opportunity and the chance to do field work first hand. Despite some wonderful teachers over the years, he could only sit through so many lectures without getting just a little curious about what was really going on. Josh will also be getting the chance to work several days at the Amache internment camp site before starting the Kooskia project. Outside of school and archeology Josh is an avid snowboarder and also thoroughly enjoys lots of hot tea.
Paige Davies
Undergraduate Researcher
Paige Davies is entering her third year at the University of Idaho, double majoring in anthropology and psychology. An active member of the University Honor's Program, she mentors at a local elementary school, volunteers as a campus tour guide and works as a peer advisor for the psychology department. In her spare time, she plays basketball and rides horses. She recently traveled to Amache, Colorado to work on the University of Denver's Japanese Internment Camp excavation. The Kooskia project will be her first lengthy field experience, and she is quite excited to learn all she can!
Sara Galbraith
Undergraduate Researcher
Sara is currently a senior at the University of Idaho and majoring in anthropology. She became interested in archaeology after a couple introductory courses and after volunteering in the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology in Moscow, Idaho. This is the first field project that Sara has been involved in and she is very excited to finally get her hands dirty. Sara also likes to travel and spend time with her family.  
Lacey Plummer
Undergraduate Researcher
Lacey Plummer just graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor's degree of Science in Anthropology and a Minor in Religious Studies. This will be Lacey's first field school in Archaeology and is very exited about what we might uncover to help us understand a bit more about Idaho's history. Lacey plans on taking some time off school for a year before applying for graduate school and finding a career in the social sciences. On her spare time Lacey enjoys watching movies, reading, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.
Heather Sargent
Undergraduate Researcher
Heather is a senior at the University of Idaho, majoring in Anthropology with minors in History and American Indian Studies. She discovered her love for archaeology after taking a behind the scenes tour at the Nez Perce National Historic Park. She is very excited to be involved with this project, and after graduation Heather tentatively plans on attending graduate school. Her other interests include reading and backpacking.
Jamie Capawana
Undergraduate Researcher
Jamie Capawana is an undergrad student majoring in Anthropology and Psychology, but Anthropology is where her heart is at. This is her first of hopefully many archaeological digs. She hopes to get a Ph.D in anthropology specifically within the field of archaeology. In her spare time she likes to lounge with her cat The Lady. She is a diehard Harry Potter fan and can be seen dressed up at Harry Potter premieres and book releases.
April Kamp-Whittaker, M.A.
Crew Chief
Dana Shew, M.A.
Crew Chief
Dana Ogo Shew received her M.A. in anthropology from the University of Denver in June 2010. Her master’s thesis explored the lives of women at Colorado’s WWII Japanese internment camp, Amache, using archaeology, archival documents, and oral histories. She is very excited to be a part of another Japanese internment project and is eager to uncover the differences and similarities between Amache and Kooskia. Dana’s other interests include eating, sleeping, and more eating.